A DENTAL nurse has been kicked out of the profession – after helping to run a cannabis farm.
Sarah Haynes, who had already been sacked from Waterthorpe Dental Surgery in Sheffield, was struck off by a panel of the General Dental Council in central London after admitting aiding and abetting drug cultivation while registered as a dental practitioner.
She did not turn up at the hearing, and indicated by phone she had “no intention” of continuing to work in dentistry.
Panel chairman Rita Glover said: “The committee was mindful that it has a duty to safeguard public confidence in registered dental professionals.
“The committee has determined it is necessary and proportionate to erase Ms Haynes’ name from the Dental Care Professionals Register.”
Haynes, the mother of a daughter, had been given a community sentence at court for helping run the cannabis factory.
But her criminal record spanned a total of seven convictions, starting in September 2008 when she burgled a house in Killamarsh, stealing 22 CDs and an Xbox game. She was sentenced to a 12 weeks’ jail suspended for 12 months, with a four-month tagged curfew.
Less than two months later, however, she committed a series of motoring offences, including aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and driving without a licence or insurance.
She was banned at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, and put on probation. As a result of breaching her earlier suspended sentence, she was also told to undertake an ‘advanced thinking skills programme’.
But she breached her suspended sentence again a year later by stealing six designer purses worth £102 from Debenhams.
And in February this year she was handed a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and a training requirement after she admitted aiding and abetting the production of cannabis.
Shaun O’Malley, for the General Dental Council, said: “In short, there was a search of the home address, and six large tubs were found in a rear bedroom, together with lights and extraction hoses.
“No plants were present, but there were leaves, and plants appeared to have been recently harvested.”
Mr O’Malley told the court Haynes had told her employers of some of her previous convictions, but not of her more recent driving and shoplifting offences which saw her breach her suspended sentence.
He said: “It was that which led to her dismissal from her work.”
The committee upheld charges that while a registered dental nurse, Haynes had been sentenced for burglary, theft, using a motor vehicle without insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, failing to stop at the scene of a road accident, aggravated vehicle taking and property damage, breaching a suspended sentence, shoplifting and aiding and abetting the production of a Class B drug.